Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) on Thursday criticized U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement and argued in support of undocumented Latinos in the United States, saying the latter can not be "criminalized" on "Native" U.S. land because they are "descendants of Native people".
"It will be one of several or maybe many suggestions that we receive", she said.
Ocasio-Cortez said she was not offended that Pelosi called the resolution "the green dream".
Nearly every major new economic initiative proposed by Democrats - the Green New Deal, Medicare for all, debt-free college - has a common feature: Unlike most current social programs, it would benefit younger Americans at the expense of older Americans.
That's because her plan is a document full of farfetched and unreasonable demands. But it formally outlines the proposal in Congress for the first time and would mark a start on the path toward what Ocasio-Cortez has called "a wartime-level, just economic mobilization plan to get to 100 percent renewable energy". She accused Trump of trying to restrict "every form of legal immigration there is in the United States". Other initial co-sponsors include Democratic Reps.
Ocasio-Cortez teamed up with veteran Sen.
"Not only will we not agree to fund [ICE], but we are here to say that an agency like ICE, which repeatedly and systematically violates human rights, does not deserve a dime", she continued. Pelosi wants this panel to work on educating people on the issue; she has already said it won't write any bills, at least not in this session.
"We set a goal to get to net-zero, rather than zero emissions, in 10 years because we aren't sure that we'll be able to fully get rid of farting cows and airplanes that fast", an earlier version of the resolution's fact sheet read. Ed Markey held to unveil their resolution calling for a "Green New Deal".
The freshman congresswoman made the remarks alongside fellow Democratic Reps.
"The Green New Deal seems a lot more like a Green Leap Forward", quipped journalist Jack Posobiec, referring to China's 1958-62 policy of rapid industrialization and collectivization - and the resulting starvation that claimed between 18 and 55 million lives, depending on estimates.
"Quite frankly I haven't seen it but I do know it's enthusiastic, and I welcome all the enthusiasm out there", the California Democrat said.
The Green New Deal goes far beyond the Clean Power Plan proposed by President Barack Obama.
The proposal has no chance of gaining support in the Republican-controlled Senate, let alone being signed into law by President Donald Trump, but has become a rallying cry among some liberals and a lightning rod among conservatives.
An outline of the proposal, backed by dozens of congressional lawmakers and the climate change activist group Sunrise Movement, was released early Thursday by Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey, Democrat from MA.